How Do Humidifiers Affect Your Indoor Air Quality?


Relative indoor humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. You want to maintain a humidity level of between 40 and 50 percent. However, humidity can fluctuate due to outdoor temperature changes and forced-air heating systems that circulate air and speed up evaporation. Very low humidity levels can damage furniture and put you at risk of certain health problems. 

Below a trusted residential furnace repair expert discusses how humidifiers affect your indoor air quality. 

A Healthier Home

When nasal passages lose moisture, they aren’t able to protect you from airborne germs. Research suggests that this also increases the chances of nose bleeds. In addition, the flu virus lives longer in places with low humidity. Dry air can dry out and irritate the lining of your respiratory tract, as well, which can trigger an asthma attack. A humidifier balances indoor humidity so your body can maintain normal moisture levels.

Improved Comfort

Dry air can dry out your skin and affect overall indoor comfort. It removes moisture from your skin, creating an evaporative cooling effect. Those who have air leaks or an outdated heating system are more likely to experience this problem. Investing in a humidifier from a reliable home heating replacement company can improve your indoor air quality by supplying moisture to the air to prevent this cooling effect. 

Fewer Static Shocks

Another thing that dry air does is make it difficult for elections to discharge. This can result in an electron imbalance on the metal components in your home. so you may experience a static shock when you touch one of these surfaces. These shocks are painful and can harm your appliances. 

Turn to Dependable Heating & Air Conditioning for superior indoor air quality systems. You can also count on us for air conditioner and furnace maintenance. Give us a call at (707) 247-2887 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. 

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